COVID-19 – Important grower information
As many of you would be aware, Australia is currently part of a global fight against the health pandemic, COVID-19 (also referred to as Coronavirus). COVID-19 is an infectious disease that affects the respiratory system. There are a number of useful links from government departments and industry groups to ensure you are well informed to help contain the spread of the virus. This information also covers your responsibilities as an employer and what measures you need to take to protect you and your workers. As you can appreciate, this is an emerging situation, which is evolving daily. ABGC will endeavour to keep growers up to date as new information becomes available.
COVID-19 – Employee and Workplace Guide
Protecting you, your workers and your farm
Corona Virus (COVID-19)
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) understands that COVID-19 continues to create a great deal of uncertainty and concern for most of us, both personally and for your businesses.
For this reason, we have created this Workplace & Employee guide, which we hope will assist you in not only coming to terms with the effect COVID-19 could have on your business, but foremost, how best you can ensure the health and safety of both your workers and yourself.
In order to ensure you are able to continue to efficiently operate your farm, there are some key measures that ABGC recommends you consider:
– Educate employees on limiting the spread of COVID-19
– Ensure a safe/hygienic work environment – above and beyond normal workplace standards
– Know the steps to take if an employee displays or reports symptoms of COVID-19
– Pay and leave entitlements if an employee tests positive to COVID-19
This document details the measures available to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on your workforce, which may be important to reduce the risks to your farm business continuing to operate. It also provides a glossary of coronavirus terms everyone will need to be familiar with. Access the document here
Key messages for on-farm employees
Keep Your Distance
All Australians are being urged to practice ‘social distancing’, by keeping at least 1.5 apart from others, and where practical this also should apply in workplaces.
*Source: Australian Department of Health
A PDF of this poster and others developed by the Australian Health Dept can be found HERE
Health authorities advise that COVID-19 is contagious if a person spends face-to-face contact with a person carrying the virus for a period of more than 15 minutes, or if you have shared an enclosed space for more than two hours.
The virus can remain contagious on surfaces for up to 12 hours. Any employee who has worked in close proximity to a confirmed case will be at high risk of exposure.
Clean your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand
*Source: Queensland Health – PDF here
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of tissues immediately after use and wash your hands or apply hand afterwards